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Boil water advisories issued for multiple public water supply systems in Lyon, Coffey counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued boil water advisories for 12 public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey Counties. KDHE officials issued the advisories because of a line break in Emporia, resulting in a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The boil water advisory issued for the city of Emporia earlier today remains in effect.

The water systems in Lyon and Coffey counties currently under a boil water advisory are as follows: City of Admire, Lyon County, city of Allen, Lyon County, Coffey County Rural Water District 2E, Coffey County, city of Emporia, Lyon County, city of Hartford, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 1, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 2, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 3, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 4, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 5, Lyon County, city of Olpe, Lyon County, Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County.

The advisories took effect on July 20, 2017, and will remain in effect until conditions that place the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved adequately.

  • Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure. Regardless of whether it is the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

Coffey County man used PlayStation to collect child porn

WICHITA, Kan. – A Coffey County man pleaded guilty today to using a PlayStation video game console to obtain child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Kansas.

The office reported that Michael L. Stratton, 30, Burlington, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. In his plea, Stratton admitted using a PlayStation 3 to chat about child pornography and trade child pornography.

KBI arrests Coffey County sheriff’s deputy

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Matthew Vander Linden

BURLINGTON, Kan. – An investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has led to the arrest of Matthew G. Vander Linden, a deputy of the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

Vander Linden, 28, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of electronic solicitation, and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. The arrest took place without incident at the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation, which began Dec. 20, was initiated at the request of the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office. Vander Linden has been with the sheriff’s office since March 2014. Effective today, his employment at the sheriff’s office was terminated.

According to a press release, the KBI’s investigation is ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time.

Wind farm under construction; oversize loads head to Coffey County through December

The Ad Astra wind farm in southeast Kansas has begun construction and approximately 900 oversize loads will be traveling the routes listed below to locations in Coffey County for construction of the wind farm. The planned completion of the wind farm is the first week of December. Oversize loads will be traveling the below routes through that time.

The first movement of the windmill components for the wind farm began last week. The public should expect for two components to be delivered per day, Monday through Friday. The loads include transport vehicles that range in size to 209 feet in length, 16 feet 7 inches high, 16 feet wide, and 417,000 pounds gross weight.

Approximately 800 oversize loads will be transported from Emporia on Interstate 35 to U.S. 75, then south at Beto Junction to Coffey County’s 24th Road, then east.

Approximately 100 loads will be transported south out of Emporia on state Highway 99 to U.S. Highway 54, then east to U.S. Highway 75, then north to 24th Road, then east.

U.S. 75 road work in Coffey County to start Wednesday at Osage County line

Wednesday, June 24, the Kansas Department of Transportation expects to begin a 17-mile mill and resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 75 from the Osage County line south to Burlington.

The location of the project’s initial phase has changed. Starting at the Osage-Coffey county line and continuing south to Burlington, the contractor will first mill and then place an asphalt overlay on the roadway. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone. Traveler delays of 15 minutes or less can be expected during daylight hours.

In mid-July the project activity is expected to move to U.S. 75 inside the city of Burlington. The contractor will replace the concrete pavement at the intersection of U.S. 75 and Neosho Street.

NWS issues tornado warning for Osage, Coffey, Lyon counties

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a tornado warning for southwestern Osage County, northwestern Coffey County, and east central Lyon County until 6 p.m. At 5:34 p.m. a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Neosho Rapids and moving northeast at 50 mph. Radar indicated rotation.

Possible impact is flying debris, which will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely. This dangerous storm will be near Reading around 5:50 p.m., and Melvern Lake around 5:55 p.m. This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 136 and 149.

Coffey County Attorney named as 4th Judicial District judge

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Judge Douglas Witteman

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Sept. 24, 2014, the appointment of Douglas P. Witteman as district judge in the 4th Judicial District of Kansas. Witteman will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas H. Sachse, whose courtroom was in Ottawa. 

Coffey County Lake to host 10th Veterans Memorial Bass Tournament

The 10th annual Kansas Veteran’s Memorial Bass Tournament in memory of fallen Kansas Guard members will take place Saturday, April 26, at Coffey County Lake, south of Wolf Creek Generating Station near Burlington, Kan. on Highway 75.

In her first book, Ottawa author examines grisly, unsolved Coffey County murder

The house where Florence Knoblock was murdered in 1925 still stands in a pasture in Coffey County, Kansas. Photo by Stephan Anderson-Story.

 

An Ottawa author will be speaking about her first book, about a 1925 unsolved Kansas murder, at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Lyndon Community Center.

Diana Staresinic-Deane’s book, Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder, is about the slaying of a Coffey County woman, Florence Knoblock, which is said to be the most brutal murder in the history of Coffey County.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: It affects everyone

Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men; 15.5 million U.S. children live in families in which intimate partner violence occurred at least once in the past year. In 2016, SOS provided 11,936 services to victims of domestic or sexual assault – here in your community. This sad reality exists in every state, every community, every neighborhood. It’s not just a women’s issue or a family matter – domestic violence affects victims, witnesses, friends, and family.

Beyond the obvious physical and psychological wounds, victims can experience lost wages, inability to focus and thrive at work or school, difficulty maintaining personal relationships and more. Intimate partner violence is often not about anger at all; it is about power and control. Perpetrators of domestic violence may use a combination of tactics to gain and maintain dominance, power and control over their victim.

Those victimized by perpetrators of violence often feel lost, depressed or unworthy.

SOS is giving you the chance to “Stand by a Survivor” at the Flint Hills Mall, where you can take a selfie with the SOS mannequin to show your support. Then share your selfie, tag @soskansas and help name the mannequin that will help bring awareness to SOS services at future events and presentations.

SOS is a nonprofit agency that serves child and adult victims of sexual and domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, serving Osage, Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Greenwood, and Morris counties. You can stand with SOS against domestic violence by helping spread awareness.

Longtime Osage County judge to retire in November

4th Judicial District Chief Judge Phillip Fromme

TOPEKA, Kan. – Chief Judge Phillip M. Fromme, who has served in the 4th Judicial District for 34 years, will retire Nov. 30, 2017.

Fromme was named a district judge in 1996 and since 2003 has been chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties. He has overseen criminal and domestic cases primarily in Coffey and Osage counties.

“I’ve enjoyed working with staff, attorneys, and court personnel and will miss the judge work, but I plan to stay active with hobbies such as hunting, fishing, gardening and travel,” Fromme said.

A native of Hoxie, Kan., Fromme earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from Washburn University. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1970 to 1977. He was Coffey County attorney from 1973 to 1983, when he was appointed a district magistrate judge.

He and his wife, Kathy, live in Burlington and have three children and two grandchildren.

Judges in the 4th Judicial District are appointed through a nonpartisan, merit-based selection system. The district’s judicial nominating commission will announce when it is accepting applications for Fromme’s successor. After interviewing candidates, the commission will forward the names of three to five finalists to the governor, who will appoint the next judge.

Each of Kansas’ 31 judicial districts has a chief judge who, in addition to his or her judicial responsibilities, has general control over case assignments within the district, as well as general supervisory authority over the administrative and clerical functions of the court. They are appointed to two-year terms. The Kansas Supreme Court will name a new chief judge to serve Fromme’s remaining term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017.

Imogene I. Deal, 86, Lebo: Nov. 14, 1930 – Oct. 7, 2017

LEBO, Kan. – Imogene Iva Deal, 86, passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Quenemo, Kan., the daughter of Marlin and Rosa Brinsfield Green.

She was raised in Quenemo and attended Quenemo High School. She worked as a meat cutter at By-Lo Foods in Topeka, Kan., for six years before taking a job with Volume Shoes, at Topeka. Jean worked as a sales audit analyst for 20 years before retiring in 2001. She moved to Lebo in 2015 after living at the South Village Court in South Topeka for 15 years.

Local 4-Hers compete at 2017 4-H Western Heritage Nationals in Montana

All dressed up and ready for competition in the Old West, Montana, from left, Addison Smith, Isaac Durst, Nathan Livingston, Erin Livingston, Emily Livingston, Audrey Durst, Caleb Durst, and Bradley Livingston.

By Ken Wilk
4-H Kansas Shooting Sports Instructor

FORT BENTON, Mont. – The 2017 4-H Western Heritage Project National Competition was held Aug. 1-3, 2017, in Fort Benton, Mont. Nationals is a competitive event that culminates the year long work 4-H members put into the project. In Kansas, there currently is only one club that competes in Western Heritage. Members of this statewide project are currently made up of 4-Hers from the Frontier Extension District and Coffey County.

Eight of the 14 project members competed in this year’s nationals including Audrey Durst, Caleb Durst, and Isaac Durst, all of Coffey County, and Bradley Livingston, Emily Livingston, Erin Livingston, Nathan Livingston, and Addison Smith, of the Frontier Extension District. Members compete in three components of the project: Shooting, which includes learning the safe handling and firing of period specific firearms such as shotgun, lever or pump action rifles, and revolvers; clothing and persona, which includes creating a person from the period and accurately portraying that person in front of a panel of judges; and history – learning and taking a written test on the knowledge of West during the late 1800s.

This year 270 attendees represented 13 states at the nationals. Of those, 85 participants represented five states, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Montana, in the competition. Awards were given in three age groups, junior, intermediate, and senior, and six categories, girls clothing or persona, boys clothing or persona, history test, rimfire shooting, big bore shooting, and top hand.

Boil water advisories rescinded for Lyon County water systems

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded boil water advisories for Lyon County Rural Water District No. 3 and Park Place Communities Management; both systems are in Lyon County.

The advisories were issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. A boil water advisory remains in effect for Coffey County Rural Water District 2E.

Laboratory testing samples collected from Lyon County RWD No. 3 and Park Place Communities Management indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Boil water advisories rescinded for Admire, Hartford, Olpe, Lyon County RWD No. 2, 4

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded boil water advisories for the cities of Admire, Hartford and Olpe, and Lyon County Rural Water District No. 2 and Lyon County RWD No. 4. All systems are located in Lyon County. The advisories were issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from Admire, Hartford, Olpe, Lyon Co. RWD 2 and Lyon Co. RWD 4 indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Boil water advisories remain in effect for the following public water supply systems in Lyon County: Coffey County Rural Water District 2E; Lyon County Rural Water District No. 3; and Park Place Communities Management.

Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Allen

Multiple systems remain subject to boil water advisories

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Allen located in Lyon County. The advisory was issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Allen indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Boil water advisories remains in effect for the following public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties: City of Admire; Coffey County Rural Water District 2E; city of Hartford; Lyon County Rural Water District 2; Lyon County Rural Water District 3; Lyon County Rural Water District 4; city of Olpe; Park Place Communities Management.

Boil water advisories rescinded for Lyon County rural water districts No. 1 and 5

Multiple systems remain under boil water advisories

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded boil water advisories for Lyon County Rural Water District 1 and Lyon County RWD 5 located in Lyon County. The advisories were issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from Lyon County RWD 1 and 5 indicated no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Boil water advisories remains in effect for the following public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties: City of Admire, Lyon County; city of Allen, Lyon County; Coffey County Rural Water District 2E, Coffey County; City of Hartford, Lyon County; Lyon County Rural Water District 2, Lyon County; Lyon County Rural Water District 3, Lyon County; Lyon County Rural Water District 4, Lyon County; City of Olpe, Lyon County; Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County.

Melvern Lake boating accident sends four to hospital Saturday evening

MELVERN LAKE, Kan. – Four people were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries Saturday after a two-boat collision on Melvern Lake.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, a 911 call was received reporting a boating accident on Melvern Lake.

When emergency personnel arrived at the scene it was discovered that Stephan Martin, Gardner, Kan., was operating a 2006 Bennington pontoon boat, when it struck an unknown make and model of ski boat, operated by Earl Baker, Eskridge, Kan., pulling a tube with riders.

Martin and three occupants of the pontoon boat were uninjured in the accident, while Baker and three occupants of the ski boat were transported to a local hospital by Osage County EMS and Coffey County EMS. The riders on the towed tube were uninjured in the accident.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are investigating the accident. Responding at the scene were sheriff’s deputies, KDWPT personnel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rangers, Osage County Fire District No. 3, Osage County EMS and Coffey County EMS.

Local ‘strong’ men prepare to stand up to abusers and fight for victims’ safety

Not all abusers are men, however, the vast majority of domestic violent crimes are committed by male perpetrators. “SOS Strong” is a grass-roots, all-male campaign made up of local men dedicated to helping SOS stop sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. In years past, only Lyon County men were eligible, but this year it has expanded to all counties served by SOS. There will be 10 men from Lyon County and two from Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris and Osage counties. Each “Strong Man” signs a pledge to lead by example, not blame victims, and be a positive up-stander. Their goal is to raise $1,000 each to support SOS programs.

SOS Strong celebrates strong, compassionate men in our community striving to put an end to domestic violence. This fundraiser was designed to show that men are more than abusers, controllers and runaway fathers. Children need to know men can be positive influences and compassionate people. The community needs to see that abuse is not just a woman’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.

“SOS Strong gives these men the opportunity to raise money for programs that fight for safety every day,” said Connie Cahoone, SOS executive director. “They are standing up for someone in need and being positive up-standers and we sincerely appreciate their participation in this grassroots endeavor.”

SOS Strong was created in 2015 and to date has raised nearly $33,000 for survivor services and programs. On Thursday July 27, 2017, the SOS board of directors will sponsor a kickoff party for the 3rd Annual SOS Strong. The men will fundraise from July 27-Aug. 24, and compete for prizes for the most creative fundraising efforts, fastest $1,000 raised, and the most funds raised.

“SOS Strong is about so much more than money. It is the start of taking back what it means to be a man,” said Lucas Moody, child advocacy center director.

State judge association honors Osage County Magistrate Judge Wine

Judge Taylor Wine

TOPEKA, Kan. – Osage County Magistrate Judge Taylor Wine was awarded the Lee Nusser Award for Outstanding Magistrate Judge of 2017 by the Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association, during the association’s annual meeting held last month in Topeka.

Wine, who serves in the 4th Judicial District, also was re-elected first vice president of KDMJA.

Riley County Magistrate Judge Sheila Hochhauser, last year’s award recipient, presented the award and cited Wine’s work ethic and his role as legislative liaison.

“Taylor was chosen because he exemplifies what it means to be a caring and compassionate judge,” Hochhauser said. “The clerks in his judicial district wrote me a letter telling me all about that. Also, he received the award because he represents the KDMJA in an excellent manner at the Capitol during the legislative sessions.”

Wine, a native of Madison, Kan., in Greenwood County, earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University after graduating from Pittsburg State University. He was in private practice in Osage County until being appointed to the bench in October 2011. In the 4th Judicial District, he hears cases in Osage, Coffey and Franklin counties. He and his wife, Heather, have three sons and live in Lyndon, Kan.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse June 26-June 30, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse June 26 through June 30, 2017.

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